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Research Article

Analyzing Barriers to Accessing Health Care Services in Holeta Town, Ethiopia

Kidist Birmeta1, Bo Ram Sim2, Dohyeong Kim3,4, Sarita Dhakal3,5, Young Ah Do6 and Eun Woo Nam3,5*

1Environment and Coffee Forest Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2Korea Institute of Health and Social Welfare, Sejong, Korea

3Department of Health Administration, Graduate School, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea

4Yonsei Golbal Health Center, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea

5Institute of Poverty Allivaiton and International Development, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea

6Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Headquarter, Korea

Corresponding Author:
Eun Woo Nam
Department of Health Administration, Yonsei University
Wonju, Korea
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Received date: September 09, 2015; Accepted date: September 28, 2015; Published date: September 30, 2015

Citation: Birmeta K, Sim BR, Kim D, Dhakal S, Do YA, et al. (2015) Analyzing Barriers to Accessing Health Care Services in Holeta Town, Ethiopia. Primary Health Care 5:204. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000204

Copyright: © 2015 Birmeta K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: In Ethiopia, visit to health care services remains low and unevenly distributed. To ensure appropriate health care use, it is necessary to understand factors affecting health care use, and the reasons for low levels of visit to health care service. Objective: The objective of this study was to identify barriers to health care services for the people of the Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Method: A cross sectional survey was conducted from 23 September to 31 November, 2013 in Holeta Town. All eight kebeles were included in the study. 1,422 households were selected using systematic random sampling. Descriptive and bivariate analyses were conducted using SPSS window version 20. Result: Based on the result, 60.1% respondent are used to visit for the health care service. The majority of the respondents (52.0%) mentioned health status is excellent according to self-perceived health status. 92.4% respondents were not included in the medical insurance scheme. As a result, the majority were sick because they are not aware of health problems and they can’t afford the medication cost. Conclusion: The major barrier to accessing the health care service includes income, marital status, ethnicity, evaluated health and individual attitude towards health services. Most of the respondents reported that their selfperceived health rate is excellent. Respondent also worry that the health care providers may provide unnecessary care to make money.